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hacked into internal communications at u.n. headquarters in new york. the magazine cited documents obtained from n.s.a. leaker edward snowden. they claimed the n.s.a. also bugged the european union's
. the u.n. envoy suggests that a chemical weapon was used. the chorus of other international voices weigh in. british prime minister david cameron drafted a resolution on syria to be presented to the u.n. security council today. all members of u.n. security council especially russia are urged to back the resolution. russia warns against a strike, saying any intervention without a resolution would have "catastrophic consequences." iran has also weighed in, lawmakers issuing tacker warnings to the u.s. and allies saying war with syria would lead to retaliation on israel fanned by the flames of outrage. >> the u.s. is a driving force for an any intervention. we're hearing a decision could be made any day now. what's the latest? >> the official line is that the president is still consulting with top members of his cabinet, top security advisers. members of congress are being called, allies overseas culted. it's taken on animated tical and almost ritualistic approach as the president and white house try to build the case in public and build that coalition they say is so necessary if as is expe
more than 20 people. >>> u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon is urging the syrian government to let inspectors thoroughly investigate the latest allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons. opposition leaders in the country say government forces targeted their towns with poison gas. ban is taking the accusation seriously. >> any use of chemical weapons anywhere by anybody under any circumstances would violate international law. such a crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator. >> opposition leaders say forces loyal to president bashar al assad fired rockets loaded with chemical weapons at their stronghold in a suburb of damascus. they say the attack killed hundreds of people. government officials say the claims are absolutely baseless. u.n. inspectors are already in syria to look into previous incidents of alleged chemical weapons use. but the assad administration hasn't allowed them to investigate the latest case. ban ki-moon has instructed top u.n. disarmament officials to travel to damascus to press the government for full cooperation.
>> welcome to al-jazeera, i'm del walters. syria gives the okay for u.n. weapons inspectors to look at the site of the chemical attacks. battle wildfires out west. >> syria will allow u.n. weapons inspectors to the site of the chemical weapons attack. the u.n. will begin those inspections tomorrow. syria has declared a ceasefire to allow the inspectors a safe passage to the sites. this seems to be a case of he said-she said. how will the weapons inspectors be able to ferret this out? >> well, they will be allowed to get a good amount of work done. russia and iran told them they had to let the inspectors in, then syria backed down and said yes, they would allow the u.n. inspectors to go back inside syria. if everything goes as planned, we could know as early as tomorrow afternoon who is responsible for this attack. as long as the attacks are seized on the ground, they will be allowed to figure out in the next 24 hours to get the work done and determine who was using the chemical weapons. >> we are seeing some items there, things that would be used in a chemical attack. are they confi
. u.n. inspectors on the ground and under fire in syria. they're there investigating claims of chemical weapons attack. >>> a jury of combat veterans will be determining the fate of a fort hood killer. >>> and wildfires burning out of control in california. [♪ music ] >> al jazeera has just learned that u.s. secretary of state john kerry is going to be speaking about an hour from now. he is expected to be talking about serious civil war. we'll bring live coverage right here as those remarks are made. >>> now we turn to syria where inspectors are on route to investigate a chemical weapons attack, and were shot at by a sniper. they were on road to the suburb of damascus when they were attacked. they were able to continue on in another vehicle. the u.n. said they were confident they would get any evidence despite it's a week's passing since that attack. we have more on the inspectors and the attack. >> reporter: united nations' chemical weapons investigators leave their damascus hotel to inspect the site of last week's attack. but an u.n. spokesperson said unidentified sniper
? an emergency meeting of the permanent members of the u.n. security council has been called over action over syria. >>> barbara is in london as western powers weigh up options for possible strikes on syria. >> it's not about invading other regime change. >> britain's prime minister defends the case for military action. >>> another leader from the muslim brotherhood's political party is arrested in egypt. the barrier keeping the water back, a special report from the flooded chinese region. >>> eight years after hurricane katarina we visit new orleans and nose instrumental in rebuilding the city. >>> we start off with the latest on syria. in the next half hour permanent members of the u.n. security council will be gathering for an urge the meeting called by russia. they will discuss what action, if any, to take against syria over condemn wall weapon attacks on civilians. military jets and other hardware are being positioned in the mediterranean and british politicians are debating whether to take part in any action in the country. inside syria the president has appeared on state tv. assad says
. the u.n. are registering between 25 and 50 tents a day. put it is a slow process and there are some people who haven't been given tents yet. but they sleep outdoors. the u.n. agency say they are in sprit need of assistance. >> after that provision of food, winter is around the corner, we also have to think i in advancef winter eyation. >> how long it will be here for is unknown. serious conflict drags on and the spillover into the region is clear for all to see. and that's right. you've seen what the conditions are like for this camp behind me. but there are a number of camps. a lot of them set up like this in any empty space they can find. this for the moment is far from an ideal situation but the refugees we have been speaking to are relieved. if they are here a year, year and a half, that relief is going to turn into frustration, the kurdish national government believes long term there is a real challenge. >>> thank you. >> prime minister kevin rud and opposition leader tony abbott answer, both leaders promising to tackle it head-on. >> if you are coming to boat by australia, pro
in syria? u.n. inspectors on the ground as the u.s. considers strikes and moscow counsels restraint. >> in china, party leaders urge a heavy hand in deciding the fate of bo xilai. >> and a blast from the past as justin timberlake dominates the mtv music awards last night. >> you when chemical weapons inspectors have interviewed and taken blood samples from the end of last week realm apparent gas attack in syria. he did so in the rebel held part of damascus where they came under fire from snipers. >> the u.s. and allies have been meeting in jordan for what could the a council of war against syria. but china, russia, and countries like brazil are lobbying against military action. >> vladimir putin has told david cameron that the west has failed to provide proof that the asad regime used chemical weapons in the attack. >> the syrian opposition says this is one of two areas where as many as 1300 people were killed in chemical attacks last week. after intense international pressure, syria has granted access to the crowd -- to the site. russian media published an interview with the syria
editor is at the united nations in new york tonight. >> reporter: for two and a half years the u.n. security council has been divided on syria. now one more try by the british to get military reaction. but away from the chamber down the corridor the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the council, the u.s. u.k. france, china and russia. there has been no comment. the western allies may have no option but to go ahead with military strikes without u.n. authorization but the special representatives was clear when asked about the legality of that. >> i do know that president obama and the american administration are not known to be trigger happy. what they will decide, i don't know. but certainly international law is very clear that security council has to be brought in. >> reporter: he's not the only u.n. official potentially causing problems for western military planners. u.n. weapons inspectors continue their work taking evidence and samples of the site of the chemical attacks, and no less a figure than the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon i pleading r them to complete th
with him, i know. he is a potsological liar. >> a stark warning, and this morning, gunshots force u.n. investigators to return to damascus as their convoy is destroyed before they begin their search for chemical weapons in syria. >> crews fighting fires at yosemite national park. >> i don't think a sign will stop a bully or a fight. >> students in chicago heading back to school this morning, just months after dozens of schools there are shut down. >> he has admitted to the massacre of 13 people at fort hood texas. now a jury is going to determine if nadal hassan gets the death sentence. ♪ theme >> that attack on the u.n. convoy coming as the obama administration said there is very little doubt that chemical weapons were used by the syrian government in an attack on their own people last week near damascus. it was the single deadliest event in the civil war. the entire world is watching the events in syria as the u.n. prepares to investigate the attack site. u.s. and european leaders are already saying it may be too little, too late. it is worried the evidence will be corrupt. offici
's what's coming up on the show. the u.n. says its inspectors should be allowed to complete their mission in syria before any us-led attack. >> britain wants the un security council to approve military action but says talks could take several days more. >> the united states marks 50 years since martin luther king's famous speech. >> the un's secretary-general is calling on the u.s. am a britain, and france to live weapons inspectors more time to do their work in syria. after discussions today, russia called the british initiative premature. >> the u.s. says it has intercepted communications that prove the assad government was behind a chemical attack. but the syrian ambassador to the united nations denies the charges and says the u.n. inspection will prove it was in fact rebels who launched gas attacks. >> meanwhile, people in damascus are stocking up on supplies out of fears that any u.s. attack would hit civilian areas. >> the u.n. inspectors have resumed their work in a damascus suburb, determining if chemical weapons were used in an attack last week. u.n. and arab league special envoy
government has denied that it used chemical weapons but it has also refused a team of u.n. chemical weapons inspectors access and opposition activists say that a number of people who gave medical help to victims have subsequently died. chemical weapons experts say that evidence such as this could point to the possible use of a nerve agent. >> by looking at the videos, you can tell that some victims are suffering from asphyxiation and they do not have external wounds and so it is consistent with the use of a chemical agent but unless someone can get samples it will be difficult to say what happened. >> reporter: the longer that u.n. inspectors are kept out, the harder it is to gather evidence and to prove what killed these people and who was responsible for the attack. >>> one brigadier general a former deputy director of plans and strategy with u.s. central command and says that while the syrian government might have the missile no-how, chemical bombs could have been made by either side. >> they may be the only ones with the access to the missile technology that might be discovered at this
>> welcome to al jazeera. these are the stories we're working on at this hour. u.n. weapons inspectors are on the ground and under fire in syria. they're there to examine claims of chemical weapon attacks. >>> ash falling like snowflakes from a fire burning out of control in california. >> snipers attacked a group of u.n. inspectors in syria today. the incident forced them to turn away from the site. they were shot at by unidentified gunmen fortunately, no one was hurt. what you're looking at here is amateur video that pore ports to show the u.n. team visiting the victims of that suspected chemical weapons attack. ankle's david jackson has been watching the event in syria from beirut, david, what can you tell us about the u.n. inspection going forward after that attack this morning? >> reporter: well, the u.n. inspectors have gone forward from that attack as you mentioned. and yes, they were shooting apparently at the lead vehicle, trying to put it out of commission, which they did do. they are in damascus, to the west side of the city. they've taken blood samples from the s
't be making a binding decision for a few days yet. they want to hear what the u.n. weapons inspectors inside syria say and they won't be finished with their work until saturday. simon mcgregor wood is in london. this is a vote, simon, which is a difference motion than cameron had hoped to approve. what do we expect to see in parliament? >> he's been knocked back from the original motion specifically tailored toward this fast track, if you like, forwarded military action. he's had to because of oppositions from the labor party, main opposition party and significant -- we're very skeptical about the time table to strikes against syria. tonight's vote, it will be much later this afternoon after what we expect to be a heated debate, will simply be -- >> all right, that was simon speaking to us from just outside the houses of parliament in london where members of parliament are convening in just about a half hour's time. i do apologize for that technical glitch with i'm son. >> in the united states, b. gave an interview to u.s. television. he said that he hadn't decided on whether to take militar
. remember, it was just late last week that the u.s. president said any intervention would require an u.n. mandate. they're not saying that now. they're arguing that they don't have to go to the u.n. >> thanks, patty. well, syria is denying that it has any involvement in last we week's suspected chemical attack. the government said it will use all means necessary to defend itself from outside intervention. we'll have more response, but first we have more on the problems facing u.n. inspectors inside syria. syria's response to the threat of foreign military intervention is one of the finest. the international community needs to find another reason. >> we are all hearing the drums of war around us. if they want to launch a war on syria, i think the pretext of chemical weapon is fragile. it is a false pretext. >> i totally deny that we used chemical weapons and those who claim to be in position of evidence i challenge them to layout before the eyes of the public opinion. >> intervention would only benefit al-qaida and israel. >> if a military strike is hallelujahed it woul--it would e to ben
it is allowing the u.n. access to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in damascus. >>> egypt's former president hosni mubarak has appeared in court just three days after being released from jail. >>> russia's far east region suffers from the worst floods in more that particular 100 years with the worst yet to come. plus,. >> i'm in cambodia where a new bird species has been discovered. fantastic news in a region with so many endered species. coming up, the surprising low caslocation of where it was found. ♪ ♪ >> the syrian government says it has reached an agreement with u.n. inspectors allowing them to examine the site of wednesday's alleged chemical attack coming as the u.s. is ready to carry out military options against syria if it needs to. bashar al-assad's regime denies it was behind the attack. it is blaming rebel fighters. >> a rocket shoots sky ward from the damascus neighborhood of eastern guta, al jazeera cannot independently verify the pictures that were up loaded onto youtube. it is the same area where an apparent chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of men, women
♪ ♪ >>> syria allows u.n. inspectors in to investigate the use of chemical weapons as the west reviews its military options. >>> hello. you are watching al jazeera live from doha. also ahead disgraced chinese politician bo accusing his former aid of sexual misconduct. >>> firefighters in california struggling to contain one of the worst wildfires in the history of the state. >>> are you suffering from a phobia which is a fear of being without your mobile phone? >>> western powers are weighing options for military operations in syria, this coming following an alleged chemical weapons attack on a damascus suburb. the president of syria has warned the u.s.a. to stay away, saying that it faces failure if it is to strike syria and assad dismissed allegations that his regime used chemical weapons. assad has allowed u.n. weapons inspectors to travel to the site of the attack but many say that now it is too late to gather evidence. more now from washington. >> reporter: u.n. weapons inspectors will soon be at the scene of what appears to have been a chemical weapons attack outside of d
that the syrian government used chemical weapons. the u.n. condemned the alleged attack that reports say killed more than a thousand people. >>> we are very concerned about the reports that chemical weapons are alleged to have been deployed near damascus. these reports are serious and should it be true, it would be a monstrosity. >> jackie roland is live in paris for us. what exactly did the french foreign minister say? >> well, the french foreign minister said if these allegations were proven to be true, it would be an absolute carnage and there needs to be an international condemnation. he went on to clarify. he said there was no question of sernding force -- sending forces onto the ground in sierra yar. -- syria. he said then decisions would be taken in another way. he said it was possible that the french could react with, for example, the british and the americans, he said. at any rate he said if these allegations were proven to be true they needed to be what he described as a forceful reaction. now we've been trying to get further clarification from the french foreign ministry about what e
for at the bank of england. good morning to you. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon is delivering a speech from the hague to mark the 100th anniversary of the u.n. peace palace. reports that u.s. and allies are preparing for a potential attack. we'll keep our eyes on that. also coming up on today's show, we'll be out in berlin in a few minutes. we'll hear from a senior met of the social democratic party after angela merkel says greece should never have joined the euro. blamed her spd predecessor gerhard schrader for the mistake. have the gloves come off on the german campaign trail? our latest offering of south korea is an exclusive interview with ceo of samsung. why they're betting big on wearable technology. and tune in at 10:40, we'll learn how the french government plans to plug a euro deficit. at 11:05 cet we'll set aside some brazil and be joined by a guest who says the country's central bank could hike rates as they struggle with a weakening currency and imported inflation. jpmorgan's list of legal challenges gets longer. we'll get the details from new york at 11:45. all that and plenty
this with the obama administration, elected on the fact we need to rebuild alliances and not leave the u.n. out of it. but they are ready to go with some allies. the u.k. -- britain was on board, but it looks like they are reacting tonight and saying, look, let's wait for the u.n. weapons inspectors report. we got into trouble for not listening to the u.n. in iraq. a long legacy there. the u.s. will have to have a choice in the next few days about whether to go quickly or whether to wait for allies. >> thank you so much. the five permanent members of the united nations security council have been holding talks on a british-backed resolution that could allow military action in syria. that concluded with no signs of a vote. continuing talks are expected to meet further questions from russia and china, who strongly oppose military strikes. syria's representative to the u.s. -- u.n. said his country is in a state of war. >> in a surprise appearance, syria's u.n. envoy lashed out of the u.k.'s attempt to bring a new resolution to the security council. >> there is no consensus in the council on any draft re
their borders. gwen: but in syria, at least, means turning to the u.n. rather than the u.s., alexis? >> that's right. we heard from the president today in the interview and certainly from the white house this week was an effort to try to the united nations and united states allies abroad work on both the investigation of what happened with the alleged chemical attacks but also to try to apply pressure on the situation to try to assess where things go from here. the white heard at house earlier this week was, oh, let's take a long pause and try the facts arewhat on the ground and let the u.n. inspectors investigate and what heard from the president today, he said on the interview there, he didn't think would be cooperation from the assad government which suggests considerg to have to other options simultaneously. we know there have been meetings, there will be more at the white house. we know the administration has options it is considering, it considering, about what -- how to proceed but the verydent seems to be concerned about not only the u.s. pressure to lead but also public's desire not
. >> damascus has agreed to allow the u.n. access to the scene of the alleged attack, but while damascus says it will do its maximum to assure the safety of passage of the investigators, the actual territory is held, so ultimately, it will be the rebel forces who determine whether or not the you when inspectors have the access that they require. it is said that this now comes to old late. . we are hearing from the u.n. that they will, regardless, begin their investigation on moday. the united states has very little doubt that damascus was behind this chemical strike, and the intelligence is basing these claims on the number of reported deaths. we are hearing upwards of 100 people were killed, and also, they are basing the claims on the type of injuries and on eyewitness reports. these kinds of discussions are emerging as barack obama, the american president, talks about things with his security advisers and terms of an american response is, indeed, there has been the use of chemical weaponry. president obama has repeatedly said if a side uses chemical weapons, that would be a egregious, and t
's coming increasing pressure from the u.n. and russia to hold off. they want u.n. monitors currently inside syria to complete their investigations into a suspected chemical weapons attack last week. obama said the aim of the military reaction would be to deter future chemical weapon attacks. >> obama: if in fact, we can take limited tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of iraq, which i know a lot of people are worried about, but if we're saying in a clear and decisive but limited way that we send a shot across the bow saying stop doing this, that could have a positive impact on our national security over the long term, and may have a positive impact in the sense that chemical weapons are not used again on innocent civilia civilians. >> reporter: our white house correspondent has more from washington on the domestic considerations the president has to consider. >> reporter: truly the president has not said that he thinks he needs congressional authority. there have been some members of congress who says he has to have permission before he makes milita
them into a government lab as soon as possible. weaponshe u.n. inspectors have been in damascus on sunday and have been holed up in a four season ever censored all eyes are on them now as only they can confirm or deny whether chemical weapons were indeed used in the militia-held damascus suburbs. pressure is mounting. .> it is real crucial the international community is looking for their judgment upon which to base their actions. what is critically and valuable about the u.n. inspectors as they are seen as credible, that is also a plague on them because everyone is looking to them for their reports in their advice. that is a lot of pressure to be under. >> however, they have a limited mandate, which means they're powerless to travel the few minutes, drive to the scene of the alleged attack. you and secretary general ban ki-moon confirmed that the u.n. has submitted a formal request for access. efforts are hindered for a swift and devices investigation. >> allied russia has urged the syrian government to cooperate with the u.n. experts and allows the group to investigate the alle
>> welcome to al jazeera. u.n. weapons inspectors are on the ground and under fire in syria. they're there to investigate claims of chemical weapons attacks. >>> wildfires are burning out of control in northern california. >> even though my daughter is in third grade i still walk her to school. >> violence and school closures for parents and sadly their children. >> snipers attack a team of u.n. inspectors on route to investigate a weapons attack in syria. they were shot by unidentified gunmen. no one was hurt. the team is now able to continue to the site in another vehicle. the u.n. says they visited two hospital and interviewed witnesses, survivors and doctors as well as collecting some samples. they're down now for the day. they have returned to their hospital. al jazeera's david jackson has been watching the events in syria from beirut, and david what is next for these inspectors? >> reporter: well, as you mentioned, dell, their day was cut short by the fact that the sniper attack happened at all. they had to turn around and go back again. they lost a little bit of precious ti
on the u.n. to investigate chemical weapons on syrian army soldiers. syrian ambassadors gathering in new york to discuss potential military intervention there. meanwhile u.n. chemical inspectors continue their investigation into the august 21st attack i in a suburb of damascus. prime minister david cameron calling for meetings. >>> joining us now for the latest diplomat i can updates. do we now know what was on the draft resolution on the part of the british government? >> we don't. no one is leaking over this. normally there are a few leaks, but on this occasion we really don't know what is in this document. to be clear there was a meeting in the side room involving the five permanent security council. the united kingdom, the united states, france, russia, and china. there was also a meeting taking place, and i it's still going on at the u.n. involving haiti. after either of those meetings they could have come out and spoken to the press, but they did not. unless they can find some form of words, which they've been unable to come up with so far, then russia and china will veto the resol
inspectors resume their mission, britain says lit try to put a draft resolution on syria to the u.n. security council. a series of bomb attack attacksq have killed at least zero people and injured more than 100. >> i'm malcolm web, in the democratic republic of congo, where soldiers and their families are buries those killed. >> that's barn by phillips reporting for us. and now james is over at the united nations headquarters, james, and you heard what barnby was saying about the u.k. possibly going to the u.n. security council, what are you hearing from your end on that? >> well i think it is fair to say they kept this one very close to their chest. normally we get whispers of these things going on. trying to prepare these things there was no mention of this in all our calls in the last 24 hours. it is important development i think so is what we are about to see in geneva, where the special representative on syria. >> james, james -- >>ly just have to stop you, because we are crossing over to geneva, that's where the u.n. arab pane envoy is speaking. stand by and listen to this along with my
murderer. >> a convicted felon receives a death sentence. >>> u.n.'s leader asks for more time for inspections and diplomas. diplomacy. the 50s anniversary of the march on washington brought out some of the biggest names in politics and the civil righting movement. tengz of thousands gathered at the lincoln memorial, congressman john lewis, the only living person who spoke 50 years ago was there. keynote speaker president obama. >> march 50 years ago was not merely how many blacks could join the ranks of millionaires, it was whether this country would admit all people who were willing to work hard regardless of race into the ranks of a middle class life. >> mike viquera joins us. there was forrest whittaker, oprah winfrey was there, i'm curious who the crowd responded to most. >> you know tony it was an extraordinary day, it was renewal, celebration and commemoration. a lot of people who were talented public speakers really moved the crowd. and i gt to mention there was music that was extraordinary. it was a rainy day, drizzled off and own. partnered the cliche it didn't dampen
cracked videoconferencing system at u.n. and apparently that is not all. >>> plus jody arias is back before a judge. today we could learn when the retrial of the convicted killer's penalty phase will begin. >>> and there is talk about making an entrance? bandits storm a pawn shop. why what they got away with has police very worried. it is all happing right now. jon: good morning to you, with us today, is arthel neville. in for jenna lee. arthel: we'll start with this, jon. a-team of u.n. inspectors coming under sniper fire in damascus. a spokesman saying it happened while they were on their way to inspect the site where hundreds of people were killed in a reported chemical attack last week. for days syria wouldn't let the team go near the site. the government finally agreeing to allow the inspectors to visit that starting today but a senior u.s. official dismissed the offer as too late to be credible saying crucial evidence could have already been destroyed. leland vittert is live in jerusalem with more. leland? >> reporter: arthel, we're told in the past couple of hours that u.n. te
that could threaten us, that they are held accountable. >> u.n. secretary general has asked them to wait before they report back to findings. and british are hitting the brakes forcing david cameron to push back on vote on military action at least a week. >> the well of public opinion was truly poisoned by the iraq episode and we need to understand the public's nepotism. >> and road blocks on the hill. tonight secretary of state kerry, hagel and others briefing congress on an unclassified call which senators from both parties say is not good enough. >> there are circumstances where presidents to avoid a catastrophe can act prior to congressional approval, but getting congressional approval is in my view constitutionally required. >> what is the strategy of the administrati administration? i certainly believe president obama should go to the american public. and good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington. the president's national security team and clapper all brief members of congress. but there is strong push back because no details and some of the vacationing members are getting it on
dr. martin luther king, jr. ♪ theme >> the u.n. special enjoy to syria wants to see the evidence the u.s. and its allies say they have concerning a chemical weapons attack in that nation. he spoke only one hour ago as the world awaits action on president bashar assad's regime. we've seen the images of the children and family suffering from symptoms similar to those caused by chemical weapons. the enjoy said the evidence does suggest some sort of chemical weapon was used, killing hundreds. >> i know that the americans and the british and others say that they know that chemical weapons have been used. what we have been told is that this evidence that the americans, the british, the french say they have is going to be shared with us. it hasn't been until now, and we will be very, very, very interested in hearing from them what this evidence they have is. >> a u.s. coalition strike on syria is very much at the center of international debate this morning. france's parliament is holding a special session to discuss syria. other voices before and against are now weighing in. british fin
to make a remark on the situation in in syria. his comments come after u.n. investigators completed an inspection of chemical weapons attacks today in and around damascus. the u.n. saying investigators interviewing survivors and doctors and collecting samples before returning to their hotel, but not until after there was a sniper that forced them at one point in time to rey treat. we go to washington. bring us up-to-date. >> reporter: all along in the five days since that chemical attack and the horrific images out of syria to television and computer screens worldwide, the administration from the president down stress any option or retaliation exercised must be of an inter national nature. of we know that john kerry had at least two dozen phone calls with his counterparts around the region and world including the syrian foreign minister on saturday. he spoke with the 4 french and the foreign ministers from a number of gulf states. the united states doesn't want to go this alone and britain has come out foursquare behind some punishment. noy matter how you want to phrase tfrance has
the u.s. may act without the support of the u.n. or or its allies. >> we'd be better off if the administration let congress authorize this activity. >> an oil rig explosion near a highway in southwest texas. all employees were evacuated safely and have been accounted for. >> former nfl star turned murder suspect aaron hernandez cut ties with his family and teammates, surrounding himself only with a quote of gangsters. >> a jury has recommended the death penalty for ft. hood shooting suspect nidle hasan. >> a rocket lifted off, carrying a top secret spy satellite for the u.s. >> the san francisco area bracing for a commuter nightmare that will drag on for five days. the busy bay bridge now closed. >> vandalism caught on video. a customer explodes in anger. >> this 11-year-old is not heading to middle school. this 11-year-old is going to college. >> it's basically just like high school. >> and all that matters. >> president obama stood as dr. king did at the linkcoln memorial and addressed a crowd of thousands. >> within the face of impossible odd odds,
>> good morning, i'm morgan and these are some of the stories we're following at this hour. the u.n. secretary general issues a call to action for the chemical weapons in syria. digging in to stop the spread of wildfires outside of yosemite national park. and dozens of schools are shut down. >> the obama administration said there's very little doubt that chemical weapons were used by the syrian government. attack happened last wednesday, and it's the country's single deadliest event in the long civil wars, and now u.s. and europeans say that it may be too late. >> u.n. weapons inspectors -- >> we have said it once, twice, and we offer again our assurances that we have never used anywhere in syria chemical weapons in any shape or form. >> but u.s. officials says this little doubt that they carried out the attack. the u.n. inspections are too late to be credible because evidence has been degraded or destroyed. >> we cannot, in the 21st century, allow the idea that chemical weapons can be used with impunity, that people can be killed with no consequences. >> but russia said there's evi
vehicles and continued on their way. u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon launched a protest through the mission leader in syria. >> i from instructed them to reduce the strong imprint to the syrian government of opposition forces so that this will never happen. >> opposition forces say government forces killed hundreds of people in the attacks last wednesday. the inspectors visited two hospitals to collect blood samples from patients. and they're planning to visit three other sites where the takens are alleged to have taken place. u.s. secretary of state john kerry said there's undeniable evidence of a large scale chemical weapons attack. >> president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the word's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> they've been contacting u.s. allies to discuss ways to respond. they plan to carry on with their work, but experts are divided about whether chemical weapons were even used. more from nhk world's chie yamagishi. >> reporter: opposition leaders say the syrian military used chemical weapons la
damascus. a spokesperson for the u.n. secretary general says snipers shot multiple times at the first vehicle in the convoy. inspectors were on their way to the sites of the alleged attack. the spokesperson says no one was hurt. the inspectors returned to a syrian government checkpoint. they will continue this trip after they replace the damaged vehicle. the shooting raises concerns about whether the u.n. team will be able to do its job safely and thoroughly. the inspectors are trying to look int military used poison gas last week with deadly effect. as nhk world tells us, people around the world are waiting for their report. >> reporter: opposition leaders say the syrian military used chemical weapons last wednesday to hit targets in suburbs of damascus. they say hundreds of people were killed. government officials argue the claims are absolutely baseless. members of the u.n. security council have expressed grave concern. syrian leaders first refused to grant the team of u.n. inspectors access to the site of the alleged attack. international pressure forced them to reverse that decis
be contrived or fabry gated needs to check their conscience. >> reporter: u.n. inspectors were finally able to set out for sites where it is believed that the chemical weapons attacks took place but still someone was trying to stop them, the lead vehicle in their convoy was targeted by snipers and activists were quick to blame the pro government militia but the u.n. said that they could not tell which side was responsible, its scientists have taken samples but even in their final report the u.n. mandate does not allow them to determine which side was responsible. but what some diplomats here at the u.n. now privately predict is a short targeted operation by the u.s., uk and france using cruise missiles and russia and china would say it is illegal but others would say that there is a moral justification, the secretary of state says it is a violation of a international norm, the use of such weapons, for which there should be accountability and the final decision will be made by the commander-in-chief. at this ceremony barack obama was honoring members of the military. barack obama has been ca
with perhaps the support of the french. and it looks like there's no way he is going to have a u.n. security council mandate. i think part of the parliamentary debate. i think they tried again. the russians seem to be opposed. another meeting of the permanent five members does not seem to have brought any progress, so i think the original plan of the obama administration is perhaps as little unraveling. >> that is another problem for the white house, if they want to wait for that report. the u.n. inspectors have finished their work. they will then be leaving syria by saturday. i heard from senior u.n. source, that they don't have any mobile with syria. what i have been told, is that once they get out of syria, all the samples and i have told them they have been successful, they have taken statutes from the bodies that have died ae all hao laboratories in europe, where they will be tested. and i have been told that testing will take not days possibly weeks. >> al jazeera's diplomatic editor at the united nations. james, thank you, and while the u. n. inspectors the white house is facing quest
believe that this is a chemical attack by the assad regime on a large scale. bewould like the u.n. to able to assess that. >> this is not the only one. yesterday, turkey declared that all red lines have been crossed. france warned that fault may be needed. also assessing this as really troublesome. why is the american president weighing his words so carefully? once he gives the u.s. verdict, he faces a quandary. does he hold back from action? does he order the use of first -- the use of force, potentially making the crisis deeper? lashed out against what they called a wave of anti- syrian propaganda. they blamed rebel fighters for making the area where the attack took place to unsafe for you when inspectors to visit. the mains conference, syrian opposition coalition was swift to deny that. >> we have issued a statement committing to the safety and security of the when inspectors. we guarantee their safety and security, we want them to come in, we wanted the evidence to show, and we will do whatever it takes to protect them. this is apparently found in the vicinity and it may deteriorate le
ducks in a row. the five permanent members of the u.n. security council met informally today. they are gearing fup ar vote in parliament authorizing necessary measures to protect civilians. syria's key alley, russia calling it premature saying there is no proof the assad regime is behind the chemical attack. u.n. inspectors got back to work and got a warm welcome. survivors lined the streets with cries of god is great. they will be working several more days. one of the western reporters in syria is monitoring the developments and is joining us tochblt what's the latest there tonight, fred? >> the latest is a report we are trying to confirm right now, anderson. apparently some key military install leilations the headquarters of the air force and possibly the army seem to have drastically cut down their staff and it seems as though the syrian military might be moving hardware to different locations them u.n. ambassador ito syria was asked about that today and said he wouldn't comment on it. one thing that the media reports are saying is that apparently some of the artillery can
has used chemical weapons on its people. secluded boots on the ground as an option. while the u.n. has are already called for an investigation. an activist said, if the americans the british the french and why not the russians as well because they too have condemned the use of chemical arms. you remember? in principle, the russians signed the treaty which prohibits the use of chemical weapons. >> there has been reactions, turkey's foreign minister said all lines have been crossed. criticized the u.n. security council for its inaction. >>> if such an attack was proven the rebels were responsible. >>> and germany has urged the government to grant full access to u.n. chemical weapons experts to investigate the attack. >>> well the attack allegedly happened in the southern suburbs of damascus on wednesday. activists are saying, 13 hoo were attacked, including children. >>> this video you're looking at is said to show fighting and government tanks shoving, al jazeera can't independently verify this footage. clashes there and rockets falling on residential areas. >>> in eastern ruta, there's
council failed to reach an agreement on a response. the u.n. secretary general called for a thorough investigation but said it would be up to the syrian government to give their permission and to continue civility. >> everything that has been said is ridiculous and unscientific. there is no use of that weapon at all. >> both russia and iran say the news of the chemical attacks are accurate. the sunni national coalition has called for an international investigation. today the u.n. will investigate allegations of previous attacks per the mandate. there have been claims and counter claims, the slaughtering of the syrian people is likely to continue. >> and al-jazeera will be monitoring the situation from lebanon. >> we have heard allegations that chemical weapons were used against certain members of the syrian government. russia, china blocking any resolution or any statement demanding an official investigation on what exactly happened in the suburbs of damascus. so they have lost faith in the international community and don't understand why the u.n. investigation team is still in damas
in the international public opinion and this matter should be explained through the immediate mission of the u.n. and inspectors to head to eastern guta. i replied, eastern guta is a vast area. we have a national interest to have the truth established. he answered, yes, that is your interesting, that's why i request to allow the inspectors to head immediately to eastern guta. i said i will work within the perimeters of the syrian national interests. i will work on this issue. the goal ended in a friendly fashion. at about 9:25 minutes of the evening of thursday. as a matter of fact the u.n. inspection team was present in damascus yet they did not request to certain locations in eastern guta until mrs. cane came on saturday morning at about 11:00, immediately she requested to meet with dr. mcmad at 3:00 p.m. and this meeting was held. an official request from the u.n. was presented for the inspectors to visit and investigate certain locations in eastern guta. i met with mrs. cane and the head of the inspection team on sunday at about 11:00. they submitted to us requests for four locations they wi
of the use of chemical weapons comes during a u.n. inspectors mission. human rights organizations and the international community have all called on the observers to head to the area to verify the information. >> elsewhere, according egypt has ordered the release on bail of former president hosni mubarak after his appeal in the corruption case. it remains unclear as to if and when he will be freed. he faces -- he has only served the maximum pretrial detention. european union foreign ministers have been posting their response to the egyptian government's deadly crowd -- crackdown. they will review funds given to cairo and are stopping short of a freeze on aid. >> we had the statement and even the language of the statement seems like a big compromise. the u.s. has moderated its tone after days of really asking the interim government and the army to step back and try to scale back the violence and putting the blame for many recent deaths on the interim government. this document makes it a 50-50 responsibility between the government and the protesters. it highlights the increasing our
session to convene the security council of the u.n. on an emergency basis late today to respond to what looks like it may have been the largest chemical weapons attack in the world since saddam hussein gassed his own people back in 1988. and looks like is the key phrase here. it's hard to prove. it is hard to tell conclusively when chemical weapons have been used especially if you are trying to tell from a distance. in that iraq case it took four years for experts to confirm that chemical weapons were, in fact, used then. physicians for human rights is one of the first groups to get into the site. they collected soil samples and tested them. the soil samples did show trace evidence of the elements that sarin gas breaks down into over time. and with those soil samples they were able to conclude that saddam hussein had used sarin and also mustard gas, like from world war i, mustard gas, on the kurdish-iraqi population. they estimated that saddam killed about 5,000 people in that gas attack. lots of countries have sarin gas or have had it. the united states and russia both used to mass pro
... >> welcome to al-jazeera, i'm dale walters. syria gives the okay for u.n. inspectors to take a look at the site of the suspected chemical weapons attack in that country. and wind makes things worse for firefighters as they continue to fight the flames. >>> and the army major turned killer now prepares to hear his fate. ♪ >>> sir ra -- syria will allow u.n. inspectors to visit the site of the alleged chemical weapons attack and inspectors say they will visit the area tomorrow. they have agreed o ceasefire to allow the inspectors a safe passage. state tv was claiming it was the rebels using chemical weapons, the rebels are blaming the state. will the u.n. inspectors be able to get to the bottom of this? >> well, it is a pretty tough problem, dale, you are right, and that will be the focus of the inspectors as they go in there tomorrow afternoon just outside of damascus. the prevailing thought on all of this from doctors without borders who have an office here in beirut is that if a military entity like the government of syria is using chemical weapons, it will show up as the
're not seeing today is inspections of the areas where hundreds of syrians were allegedly gassed to death. u.n. experts were prepared to visit second neighborhood. >> that was until the u.s. chief was seen leaving their hotel in damascus earlier today. they were not wearing their protective gear and were not joined by other members of the team. syria's government cancelled the inspections because of security concerns. remember, the teams on the scene yesterday even after their convoy was fired upon by snipers. the experts worry chemical evidence have already dissipated since last week's alleged attacks. >> syria is denying it's objecting the work of these u.s. investigators while washington and allies deciding how to best respond to this. chuck hagel says u.s. forces are now ready to go. >> well, as i've said, and i think prime minister cameron has said, our allies and leaders all over the world have said, let's get the facts. let's get the intelligence and then a decision will be made on whether action should be taken, if action should be taken, what action or no action. >> if it comes, you'r
the consequences of going alone without the u.n. which is what washington and placement want to do. >> the noises are getting louder. >> the chemical mess in syria cannot be left without a response. the despictable decision to gas innocent. >> the u.s., the u comfort and france are well aware that russia and china would likely veto action if it went before the u.n. security council. alternate frameworks are being examined. yet to be decided proposals on thursday but if the talk coming from washington is to be believed the bombs could be falling by then. rohery challenge, al jazeera london. >> james baye joins us from the u.n. what are you hearing there james? >> well john you heard all that tough talk coming from washington, london and paris. diplomats you speak with here say yes, maybe president obama hasn't made his decision yet but it is hard to back down now and really they believe it's not a question of any morp, if there is an operation, a strike that takes place in the coming days without the authorization of the u.n. security council and that raises questions about its legality. the syria
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